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Summer Reads, Unabridged Audio Books, Prize Winners and more…

Sunshine, strawberries, cricket, tennis, football and reading outside at lunchtime, there can’t be many people who don’t love what June has to offer. In this mid month email we have a slew of pre-publication exclusives, our first crop of hand-picked Summer Reads and a new section dedicated to unabridged audio on CD with the chance to win £94 worth of prizes! Read on to find out more…

This Month’s Highlights

Summer Sun, Reading Fun

Did you know that 20% of people who read only read on holiday! So, having the right books to read is vital and that’s where Lovereading comes in. We have worked with our Editorial guru, Sarah Broadhurst, to create a special range of books perfect to pop in your suitcase. Take a look at our Summer Reading categories and get choosing.

There are seven themed categories that cover fiction and non-fiction, from Action Packed and Exciting through Emotional and Absorbing all the way to Mysterious and Thrilling. There’s something for everyone so, why not download a free Opening Extract, make your choice, then allow your Summer holiday to glide by?

And, if you know any teenagers then do tell them about their special Teen Summer Reads section with stories and characters so gripping you will be telling them to put their books down!

Love Listening – Whole Story audiobooks

At Lovereading we love everything about books – the stories, the language and the detail. Audiobooks are a fantastic way to enjoy stories but in most cases, a whopping 50-70% of the content is cut, which leaves the end product quite different from how the author intended. For example, if you listen to last year’s Booker winner, Wolf Hall in the abridged form you’ll get only 29% of the book and Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, only 38%.

Like us, Whole Story Audio believes it’s much more rewarding to listen to unabridgedversions of books. That’s why we’ve teamed up with them to bring you a spectacular arrayof complete audio books perfect for car journeys and commutes, on holiday or justlistening to in the home, and much better value for money!

Find out more in our special section and have the chance to win all 3 unabridged books from the Millennium Trilogy, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo worth a whopping £94!

Get them while they’re hot – Pre-publication exclusives

The Passage

Justin Cronin

If the vibes within the book trade are right then this is going to be absolutely huge. Every so often a book appears that hits you like a thunderbolt – this is one – find out why it’s our most popular Opening Extract even before it’s published!

£15.00 Save 25%

Return to the Olive Farm

Carol Drinkwater

This next book in the bestselling Olive Farm series is another beautifully written, humorous and passionate story about life and love with Carol Drinkwater who returns to the Olive Farm.

£14.24 Save 25%

The Legacy

Katherine Webb

A deeply satisfying epic story which sweeps from turn of the century Oklahoma to modern day Wiltshire and follows two very different women from one remarkable family.

£5.99 Save 25%

The Dealer and the Dead

Gerald Seymour

A brilliant, bruising thriller about a group of Croatian villagers who seek vengeance for a terrible betrayal, 18 years after the war with the Serbs that tore their communities apart.

£12.74 Save 25%

The Beach Hut

Veronica Henry

Holiday romance is in the air, but so is aching, unrequited love, in this most enjoyable of summer reads.

£5.24 Save 25%

Have a spooky summer of love and passion!

As twilight fades, the night begins for all you paranormal fiction fans. This month we have a great range of Paranormal fiction from MIRA, the up and coming publisher of great mainstream fiction, which includes titles from New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter and rising star Rachel Vincent. If you’re looking for a little added bite, P.C. Cast, international bestselling author of the House of Night series, brings her unique brand of paranormal passion to Nocturne with The Avenger, just in time for summer. So, check out the the rest of the new dark and sexy Nocturne series from Mills & Boon and keep the undead alive in your reading!

James Tait Black Memorial Prize

Founded in 1919, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize is the oldest and one of the most prestigious literary awards in the industry. It is given for literature, published in the last 12 months, written in the English language. There are 10 shortlisted titles and you can find free Opening Extracts of them all in our prize winners section. The winner will be announced at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August.

P.S – If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes then now is the time to introduce 11+ readers you know to a new series of books featuring the Young Sherlock Holmes , which like the Young Bond series that has been so spectacularly successful in recruiting reluctant readers in particular, will trace the great detective’s life before 22B Baker St.

P.P.S – If you haven’t already then do please look at the latest Orange Prize Winner, The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Definitely not a beach read but with it’s exquisite writing it is worth the effort.

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